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Friday 5th April 2013.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley
Editor


Europe's Herd Data Shows Funding Effects

New European Union data could give an insight into how the EU dairy sector will look in the future and which member states may become increasingly important as milk producers.

This week saw the figures for Europe’s cattle herd released, which confirmed a 1.1 per cent increase. The European dairy herd currently totals 22.9 million (+ 186,000 on 2011).

This was largely helped by stability from the German and French cattle inventories, which held steady at 4.19 million and 19 million putting an end to the decline seen in recent years.

However, according to Austrian government analysis, the increase is down to eastern herds.

There are 753,000 more cows being farmed in Hungary than there were at the start of last year - equating to an 8.5 per cent increase.

This is largely due to increasing targeted investment from the Common Agricultural Policy, which has been improving animal welfare, farming techniques and farm equipment with consequent effects seen on agricultural productivity with dairying benefiting alongside other arable and livestock enterprises.

Ambitious government plans suggest that this will not be the limit of Hungarian progress. With CAP payments set to rise by 11 per cent, Hungarian officials are hoping for improvements to be made for the rural economy as a whole.

Through ‘farm transfer support’ and rural development programmes, young farmers and emerging businesses will be given support in acquiring farms, land, equipment and help in diversifying income streams.

For the Agricultural Ministry the goal of the funding package is clear - to increase output of harvested products to 3.5 million tonnes by 2014.

Dairy funding schemes have also impacted on the Ukrainian dairy outlook.

One such scheme offered 12.4 million grivna in subsidies to assist farmers with three cows or more in the buying of milking machines.

Subsidies were also targeted at developing the nation’s young stock and farming facilities. Subsequently, there were 68 new dairy farms established last year.

Director of Livestock at the Ministry of Agriculture, Andrew Hetya linked the funding to production growth saying that subsidies are vital if the agricultural sector is to grow and boost the overall economy.

Improvements include a 13.6 per cent increase in dairy production for January to November on the previous year.

This included a butter production increase of 15.2 per cent and led to cheese exports rocketing 43.3 per cent.

So while US, UK and other more established milk producing nations are experiencing a blip in the milk markets, news from the EU shows that more positive prospects face emerging sectors elsewhere, which could become more important in the coming years.


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Analysis of Runs of Homozygosity in Cattle Breeds
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Managing Risk on an Expanding Farm
Herds are expanding and have been for decades. John O'Sullivan's farm in Co. Kerry is no exception and he offers advice on how to grow your business safely through methods like; properly assessing the quality of leased land, grass budgeting and using a cost planner.

Structural Changes in the Indian Dairy Sector
Vitally important for the economy, India's livestock sector employs 21 million people and currently stands at a quarter of national GDP, according to this exploration of Indian Dairy Sector Progression by Anjani Kumar, P.K. Joshi and Roelof J. Jongeneel.

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Global Dairy Industry News

   Russian Federation

Russia to Develop Organic Certification Standards
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   Brazil

Pork, Beef, Dairy Output Increases Through 2012
Brazil Moves Step Closer to FMD Free Status

   United Kingdom

Buy British to Show Support for Livestock Farmers Hit by Snow
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Ethics, Antibiotics, Consumer Opinion Shaping Buying Decisions
New Report on Farming's Impact on Antibiotic Resistance
Government and Union Provide Snow Support
Cooperative Opportunity Announced For Louder 'Farmer Voice'
Milk Prices Trend Higher as Supply Concerns Mount
Farmgate Prices Reach 30p/litre for January
On-Farm Burial of Carcases Allowed for Farmers Affected by the Bad Weather
New Brucellosis Guidelines Released
Whole Milk Powder Demand Lifts Skimmed Prices

   Global

Study Shows MRSA Transmission from Animals to Humans
Crisis Response Workshop Examines Agency Protocols

   Canada

Report Confirms Ag Sector's Continued Growth, Economic Value
Genetics Industry to be Given Development Grant
Climate and Crop Trends Provide Downer Cow 'Perfect Storm'

   United States

Another Surprising Corn Stocks Estimate
CME: Consumer Preference Still There for Beef
Art of Good Hay Still Vital for Profitability
Organisations Join to Promote Animal Well-Being
Renovating High-Traffic Areas With Annual and Perennial Ryegrass
Forage Focus: Pasture And Hayfield Renovation
CME: Livestock, Grain Markets Still Reeling from USDA Reports
Idaho Brucellosis Outbreak Prompts Inspection Step-Up
Monitor Cow Condition to Ensure Successful Breeding

   Australia

Woolworths Set to Be Given Milk Buying Go-ahead

   New Zealand

Pressure Builds as Easter Rains Disappoint
Efficient Cows Don't Need to 'Watch Their Weight'

   Philippines

Landbank Lends P39.9B to Small Farmers and Fishermen

   European Union

New Director-General for Agriculture and Rural Development
EU Cattle Herd Increases 1.1 per cent

   Germany

Quota Results Show Price Drop

   Ukraine

Financing Schemes see Excellent Uptake

   Spain

March Rains Cause Problems For Thousands of Farmers

   China

China Open Borders to Cost Rican Milk

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